Can you tell us about yourself – what has been your relationship to music? What is your current job role/position?

My role with RMC is 1st Instrument Guitar Lecturer on the HNC & HND Music Performance courses and Guitar Tutor with the RMC Academy! The relationship with music started when I was a kid hearing loads of music around the house, my parents aren’t musical but there was always music on! Everything from Fleetwood Mac, Electric Light Orchestra, James, Echo and The Bunnymen, Stevie Nicks, Simple Minds to The Wolfe Tones, The Pogues and Enya! 

You’ve recently been touring with The Rhubarb, how has the experience been?

It’s been amazing! Getting to travel round the UK with my best mates, going to places we’ve never been before and playing gigs every night has been great fun but also challenging at points. More recently, a highlight has to be headlining The Hope and Anchor in London to a packed crowd! We’ve hit a lot of cities in the UK and are excited to get back out there!

The Rhubarb!

How does touring, recording music etc influence your lessons?

Touring less so but having a decent knowledge of recording influences the lessons greatly! Picking out wee parts in the back of the mix that aren’t on the tabs and panning the track left then right to hear what the individual guitar parts are doing is a great way to actually hear what’s being played as many guitar players know, the online tabs aren’t always the best. 

What is your favourite part of working as a Guitar Tutor?

Getting students to the point where they start to write their own stuff is pretty amazing! It’s the wee lightbulb moments like this that make me really happy. I suppose an equally favourite part of being a guitar tutor is being able to pass on the knowledge, tricks and tips I’ve accrued over the years on small things that i’ve had to dig or search for! 

What would be the dream gig for The Rhubarb?

It would have to be playing The Barras, in any capacity, whether it be a headline slot or a support slot. That’d be unbelievably cool. 

What advice would you give to other students looking to find and start a band?

Persistence is really important. If you keep with it, keep plugging away, playing gigs, writing music you’ll see things start to slowly move faster and faster! Practice as much as you can too! The more time you put in, the better it’ll sound.

What’s next in store for yourself and The Rhubarb?

Well, there’s a lot of stuff going on for festival season this year! I’ll be heading up to Dalavich on Loch Awe for Loch Stock and Row Festival with Wildfire Sessions. Then at the end of July I’ll be down in Devon for Kosmik Ken’s Psychedelic Dream Festival with The Rhubarb, then a week later The Rhubarb will be playing Core. Festival in Glasgow! Toward the mid to end of the year, I’d like to sit down and get some material down for the 2nd Rhubarb album and see what the rest of the year holds!

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